Quarterback Tyler Shough has transferred to Texas Tech, joining a Red Raiders team that is in need of a signal-caller for 2021.
When Tyler Shough arrived at Oregon, he was expected to be the heir apparent to Justin Herbert. After a season that saw him start seven games and help Oregon Football to a Pac-12 Championship, Shough decided it was time to move on from the Ducks.
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Shough did not see his Oregon Football career start on much of a high note. He sat for his first two seasons, not seeing much playing time behind Herbert. The 2020 season for Oregon Football did not get off to the best start, and it was clearly not the fault of any one unit. There were games where the defense was not their best. There were others where Shough did not have adequate protection to follow his reads to complete plays.
Tyler Shough was able to complete over 60 percent of his passes last season. He finished the season credited with 13 touchdowns, 6 interceptions, and over 1500 yards on offense.
He will move to Texas Tech after being in the transfer portal for just 10 days. The Red Raiders were 4-10 last season. Head Coach Matt Wells is entering his third season. In his first two seasons, the team was 8-14. Shough is considered a solid addition and is expected to help turn things around at Texas Tech.
As far as his reasons for departing Eugene, Shough may have also seen the writing on the wall. He lost playing time to Anthony Brown during both the Pac-12 Championship and the Fiesta Bowl. When Brown was in the game he appeared as a clear leader and showed to be a more dynamic playmaker. Oregon will also welcome 4-Star Quarterback Ty Thompson as part of the 2021 recruiting class.
With experience in Anthony Brown at Quarterback, the Ducks also have Robby Ashford, Jay Butterfield, and Bradley Yaffee entering the 2021 season. I expect the Quarterback battle between Brown, Butterfield, and Thompson will be one of the more intriguing ones to watch this fall.
With the pandemic and the NCAA giving an additional year of eligibility, Shough will have three yeas of eligibility remaning.